Rising out of the prairie like a mirage, this city of 180,000 is the capital of Saskatchewan. Originally called Oscana (pile of bones in Cree: Indians once dried buffalo meat on the banks of Wascana Creek), it was rechristened in 1882 by Princess Louise after her mother, Queen Victoria. When Regina became the capital of the newly-created province of Saskatchewan in 1905, Wascana Creek was dammed to help solve the city's water problem. Today, Wascana Centre is the city's crown jewel that is highlighted by the graceful Legislative Building, one of the most popular attractions in the city.
Overlooking Wascana Park to downtown Regina
Its builders fashioned a modern city that pulses with energy of dynamic business leaders and progressive legislators. And with a man-made lake and a quarter-million hand-planted trees, the city is featureless no longer.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
People who know nothing else about Canada have heard of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This famous police force's academy is located in Regina. At any one time, some 250 men and women are studying, practising their marksmanship and marching on the parade square.